John Harbottle Design Update

John Harbottle has been keeping busy along the West Coast of North America with renovation projects ranging from Kelowna, British Columbia to Southern California.

Ground has broken on a renovation of Kelowna Golf and Country Club. The intent of the work is to revive the character and craft a consistent feel for the A.V. Macan design. Phase I concentrates on a bunker renovation as well as remodeling of the second, fourth, seventh, eighth and 14th holes.

The most dramatic features are added to the drivable par-4 seventh, where a three-meter-deep hollow has been shaped right of the green. Errant shots will kick away and face an uphill, blind pitch to a green that generally slopes away from the shot.

Kelowna's 14th is a mid-length par-4 that curves around a large pond. Along the fairway lies a steep slope down to the water's edge. The work on this hole involves extending the steep slope diagonally across the line of play from the tee, creating a plateau for the tee shot on the low side of the fairway and a risk-reward carry.

Harbottle also has construction work underway at White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, Wash., where fairway-grading, tee, bunker and drainage work are nearly complete. The remodel of White Horse was undertaken in an effort to increase playability and allow players to use the terrain for shaping shots.

Other Harbottle projects under or soon to start construction include: Broadmoor Golf Club in Seattle; San Juan Country Club at Friday Harbor, Wash.; Oswego Lake Country Club in Lake Oswego, Ore.; Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton, Calif.; El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana, Calif.; and Fairbanks Ranch in San Diego, Calif.

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